ISLAMABAD, June 2 (APP): Minister of State for Education
Engr Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman on Thursday said the government had taken necessary measures to give more importance to educational assessments in the country.

Addressing a certificates distribution ceremony here at
National Education Assessment System (NEAS), he said “We understand the importance of these assessments in finding the learning enablers and providing evidence-based data for the policy-makers in the shape of their recommendations.”

The minister said that after 2008, NEAS could not perform
its task. However, in 2014 it was directed to conduct national assessment and now “we are going to conduct another cycle of national assessment this year.”

He said the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional
Training was committed to support NEAS to conduct the planned National Achievement Testing (NAT)-2016.

“We have increased the sample size for national
assessment-2016, which is now 30,000 students against the previous sample size of 12,000,” he added.

He said NEAS had also been directed to include schools established under NCHD, BECS, education foundations and private sector in its assessment of 2016. This would help the goverment to understand the quality of education in these sectors.

A large scale national assessment and necessary budget for the purpose had already been released from the government;s regular budget, he added.

This year, “we are conducting national assessment without
any financial and technical support of our international
partners,” the minister said.

The Ministry of Federal Education constituted National
Steering Committee (NSC) under chairmanship of Secretary
Education to decide upon the subjects and grades which were to be included in this year’s assessment, he said.

The minister said to compete globally, the government had
decided to participate in the Trends in International Math and
Science Study (TIMSS) to be held in 2019.

“This will enable us to see Pakistan’s standing on the
international platform among the population of different developed and developing countries,” he added.

He said it was heartening to witness such a healthy
educational activity where the participation rate was 100%.
“I hope that the skills you have got here would be
transformed in the shape of effective training of the 3300 Test Administrators in your own provinces and regions,” he said.

Later, the minister distributed certificates among the
participants. He appreciated Director NEAS Dr. Syed Kamal-Ud-Din and his team for organizing the event.